AATS Awards for COVID-19 Response

Ian Howell

The American Academy of Teachers of Singing is pleased to recognize Ian Howell with an inaugural AATS Award for COVID-19 Response. Howell’s work with low-latency platforms and associated technology, and broad dissemination of instruction in its use, has permitted widespread applications that have allowed us to teach and perform successfully in remote settings. These innovations will have a lasting impact on our profession.” The AATS Awards were created “to recognize, honor, and nurture outstanding accomplishment in the teaching of singing and in allied professions.”


“Ian Howell (and his team of colleagues, including Kayla Gautereaux, Nicholas Perna, Joshua Glasner, and Chadley Ballantyne, and a group of graduate students at NEC) worked both immediately and continuously for months to test the technology needed to accomplish sufficiently lagless virtual music instruction,” said Academy member Kenneth Bozeman. “He interacted with tech developers to stimulate targeted improvements that teachers needed and continued to test and evaluate new technologies and platforms throughout the summer and academic year, updating recommendations as needed. He shared this information in on-line documents and conversations, as well as in some short virtual courses (with Kayla Gautereaux).”



AATS Awards for COVID-19 Response

ENO Breathe for creating an innovative and compassionate effort between the arts and medicine to help relieve the suffering of individuals experiencing long term post-COVID respiratory and anxiety problems (https://eno.org/eno-breathe/

International Coalition Performing Arts Aerosol Study for their research on aerosol transmission to inform safety protocol measures for music performance practices during the COVID-19 pandemic (https://www.nfhs.org/articles/unprecedented-international-coalition-led-by-performing-arts-organizations-to-commission-covid-19-study/